Seeing through the naturalistic rhetoric for abiogenesis

RationalWiki offers this in its argument for abiogenesis:

One of the popular current hypotheses [for the naturalistic origin of life] involves chemical reactivity around hydrothermal vents. This hypothesis has yet to be empirically proven although the current evidence is generally supportive of it. Give those crazy scientists a half billion or so years to play, though, and they might do just as well as nature once did!

But Bob Perry can see through it:

Agent causation. Life from non-life. Mind from matter. Non-material objective reality. Each of these actualities is part of our common human experience, yet each is foundationally inconsistent with a naturalistic view of the world.

This is not to say that the scientific enterprise is misguided. Far from it. The point is that, on Christian theism, science is understood in context as the rational method whereby we discover and understand the order and majesty of God’s creative work. Seen that way, each of these conundrums vanishes inside the more comprehensive view that nature is not a full description of reality. It turns out that Christianity’s explanatory power far exceeds the naturalistic alternative.

This does not diminish science. It simply acknowledges that materialism’s idolization of science is a futile ritual meant to account for realities the worldview itself denies. “Be patient,” we are told, “science may not have explained these things yet, but it will. Just give it time.” Though meant to persuade, this pious exhortation serves only to confirm the materialist’s religious zeal.

My two cents

As soon as I saw the second quote’s last paragraph, I thought of RationalWiki and its not-so-rational rhetoric. (I also thought of naturedidit with RationalWiki’s last sentence.)

When doing internet searches on the philosophy of science and naturalism, the search terms I use tend to bring up the Yahoo! Answers website high up in the search results. The pages on that site have answers alright, but they come across as a rhetorical sewer with the answers written by emotional rationalists (!) that have a philosophical axe to grind.

Perhaps it’s time to rise above that and go elsewhere to get better answers; the second quote was a decent place to begin.

Quote sources

  1. RationalWiki. (2013). Abiogenesis. Available: Last accessed 23rd Feb 2014.
  2. Perry, B. (2010). Essay: Defrocking the Priests of Scientism by Bob Perry. Available: Last accessed 23rd Feb 2014.

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